There is a little over a month left for The little Mermaid opens in cinemas worldwide. And with all the talk about the live-action adaptation of the animated classic (the change in the plots, the skin color of the protagonist, the songs…) Rob Marshall decided to add a new front, aware of the great advertising truth: that people talk about me at all costs. For this reason, the director confirmed the reason why Harry Styles ended up refusing to join the project.

The director did it during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. When asked why the international music star was not part of the cast, he said it was a British decision and was made in a way understandable to all parties.

“We met him. He’s really lovely. What a wonderful man. . It should be remembered that the filming of this tape coincided in his schedule with those of Don’t worry darling and My policeman.

To complete the explanation, the director assures that “for many young musicians like Harry, you try to find a place for yourself in the cinema and you don’t want to be seen as a singer, necessarily. That’s why I was really looking to do something that wasn’t out of the genre. musical, to really push yourself. It was a really fun idea to play, but in the end, I always think things happen for a reason. I’m so happy to have two young, new people on the film.”

Marshall is referring here to Halle Bailey, who is indeed a singer, which will help her in the musical role of The Little Mermaid, and to the 27-year-old British actor Jonah Hauer-King who will bring Prince Eric to life in this new adaptation of the popular classic tale. Melissa McCarthy in Ursula, Daveed Diggs in Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay in Flounder and Javier Bardem in King Triton complete the cast of this film which will be talked about a lot in 2023.

Harry Styles has already given his version of why he said no to Eric

If we go back in time, particularly to 2019, we will find that Harry Styles has already given his particular version of why he didn’t want to play Prince Eric. The singer did it in an interview for The Face medium. According to him, the former One Direction wanted to focus on his new music.

“I’ve spoken to them, but I want to get some music out and focus on it for a while. Everyone involved in the movie was amazing, so I think it’s going to be awesome. I’m going to love watching it, of course I’m “, he explained that day.

Knowing now that another version is also starting to figure out the fact that Harry Styles also didn’t accept the role in the biopic of Elvis which ultimately ended up in the hands of Austin Butler.

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